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#2882: Apse Mosaic: Jeweled Cross with Alpha

Photo 2882: Apse Mosaic: Jeweled Cross with Alpha - Sant'Apollinare in Classe, Ravenna

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2882
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Apse Mosaic: Jeweled Cross with Alpha
Caption
Detail of the 6th-century apse mosaic, which centers on an interesting symbolic depiction of the Transfiguration of Christ (Mt 17:1-9). Christ himself is represented by a large golden cross on a starry blue background (99 stars to be exact), while the three apostles who were present at the Transfiguration - Peter, James and John - are represented by lambs. The cross is decorated with mosaic gems and a bust of Christ in the center. It has a Latin inscription at its base reading SALVS MVNDI, "Salvation of the World" and a Greek inscription at the top: IXΘYC. This means "fish" in Greek and is also an acronym of the names of Christ: "Jesus Christ Son of God Savior." The Greek letters Alpha and Omega are at the ends of the cross-arms.
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44.380297° N, 12.233030° E
Uploaded
May 3, 2010
Camera
Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
ISO
1600